<![CDATA[CrossRoads United Methodist Church - Journey to Jerusalem]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:18:36 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[End of our Journey!]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2013 05:10:16 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/end-of-our-journeyWe have finished our twelve week walk to Jerusalem. Yay! It was inspiring to
see how many of you walked and how hard some of you worked. We will have some
awards to present on Sunday.

The important thing for our health is that we have developed a healthy habit
of exercise. Don’t stop now. Nobody will be calling you for your mileage, but it
may help you to continue to wear your pedometer and keep a daily log. Maybe just
write your time or mileage in the corner of your calendar each evening. It will
be fun for you to be able to look back in a few months to see how your strength
and endurance has grown.

Hopefully the devotions that accompanied our walk have also been helpful.
Maybe we’ve also strengthened our commitment to spend time daily with the Lord.
You might want to start a journal, writing a couple lines about your day or some
thoughts you are having about your place in the world, etc. At some future time
when you look back you’ll be able to see your spiritual growth just like the
calendar record shows your physical improvement.

Although you’ll get this message on Good Friday, we know, "the rest of the
story" so I can confidently say to you all, "Happy Easter" and be sure to walk
off all those chocolate eggs and bunnies you consume!

<![CDATA[Snowy Palm Sunday]]>Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:35:23 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/snowy-palm-sundayWell, a rare Palm Sunday with no services at CrossRoads due to yet another snowstorm!  Our Parish Nurses report the following numbers in mileage for the past week:

Healthy Hearts (Cherrie)      236
Sojourners (Polly)                   332
Movers & Shakers (Lyn)        203

A total of 771 miles that brings our grand total to 7754.  Remember we have one more week to report mileage to our team leaders, so please report by 6pm next Saturday.

For this final week, we are walking around Jerusalem with Jesus as he did during the last week of his life.   On Easter Sunday, we'll have a celebration as we reach the end of our Journey to Jerusalem.  Hope to see you there!
<![CDATA[Nurses Notes]]>Fri, 15 Mar 2013 02:22:36 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/nurses-notesThe nurses have gone electronic!  No longer will they struggle to hear your blood pressure amidst the
conversations in the multipurpose room or have to set up the testing table back in a room which, though quiet, is also out of sight and out of mind to many of us.  From now on, the nurses will be using electronic cuffs so that your blood pressure and pulse will both be measured in about one minute, recorded in our alphabetized card file and you are on your way.  This Sunday is B/P Sunday after both services.

 Remember that our nurses have decades of nursing experience and a variety of areas of expertise. Feel free to ask them health and  wellness questions.  What they  don’t know, they’ll research for you.

 Please start gathering your favorite recipes for the new  CrossRoads cookbook.   More  details to follow soon about timelines and how to submit the recipes. 

<![CDATA[Progress to Date]]>Mon, 11 Mar 2013 02:26:09 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/progress-to-dateHealthy Hearts-2166 miles to date
Cherrie Fleming  clfleming23@comcast.net

Sojourners-1848 miles to date
Polly Mabey  j.mabey@sbcglobal.net

Movers & Shakers-2303 miles to date
Lyn Polk  lyn@polklarson.com

<![CDATA[Beautiful Greece]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2013 03:58:10 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/beautiful-greeceWe arrived in Athens, Greece last week and learned all about the Greek Easter traditions.  This week we head across the Mediterranean to Patmos, a Greek island.  Our teams are keeping up the pace.  For those keeping score, last week Lyn's team racked up 245.5 miles, Cherrie's went 243.3, and Polly's team went 235.6 miles.  Way to go walkers!   See you next Sunday on the beautiful Greek isle of Patmos!]]><![CDATA[Kindness (by Lyn Polk)]]>Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:46:21 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/kindness-by-lyn-polkThis week’s devotional talked about the folks we meet along our daily walk. It asked if I have ever unexpectedly and spontaneously helped a stranger. At first I couldn’t think of any such experience. But suddenly a memory surfaced from a couple years ago when an older man in the checkout line ahead of me was telling the checker that his computer monitor had died so he was out of touch with his email, etc. I found myself offering him a monitor that we were not using. The man was so amazed that we gave it to him and even delivered it.

It made us feel so good to be able to do a nice thing for someone who didn’t expect it from us. Sometimes it can be something as little as holding the elevator for someone who is moving slowly and would have to wait for it to come back the next trip. Doesn’t it feel good to do something "extra" for folks who cross paths with us?

We also have the opportunity to do something nice for people we aren’t actually with. Fifteen minutes out of my busy day may mean a lot when I spend it visiting someone who can’t make it to church. Oh how they love to hear the news of CrossRoads and their friends. Or imagine their pleasure when they’ve walked down to check their mail and actually find something besides junk because you made the effort to send a cheery, "thinking of you" card.

How many other times do we make a difference without even knowing we did so? It may be that my kind words to a new server allowed her to, "regroup" and turn her unsuccessful evening around. I suspect there are many times each of us has lifted the spirits of one who was discouraged without our even knowing what that person’s trials are. Because we are Christ followers,  it is in our DNA to be kind. As the scripture for this week said, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Galatians 5: 22-23.

May each of us, "light up the lives" of those we meet along the walk this next week and always. May others discover God’s love for them through our actions.

<![CDATA[Heading to Athens, Greece]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:07:34 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/heading-to-athens-greeceWe made it to Rome yesterday.  But no time to rest!  We're headed toward Athens, Greece this week.  Keep up the good work and let's rack up some miles on our road to Jerusalem!  And remember...the walking is improving our physical well-being, but we also need to continue reading our devotional materials and include some time with  God.  Feeling overwhelmed with everything?  Spend some quiet time with God and renew your outlook on life.  Hey, just listen for His voice....you don't have to do the talking ALL the time!   See you Sunday in Athens! ]]><![CDATA[On Our Way to Rome]]>Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:20:40 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/on-our-way-to-romePicture
Sunday we learned that we had walked 840.2 miles the previous week as we  celebrated the half-way point with our potluck after second service.  It  is always fun to bring food and  eat together.  We learned that “healthy” food can  be very tasty!  Thanks to all you chefs who prepared such fantastic dishes for us and to those who assisted with set up and clean up.   Keep track of your new healthy recipes, as we hope to begin a new electronic CrossRoads Cookbook soon.  More info about that in the near future.

Would you like to revisit our journey so far?  We have a new blog  tracking our progress on our web site here.  Feel free to add your comments about your own walk with God on this journey.  Tell us about your new  healthy habits and what benefits and improvements you’ve experienced thus far.  

Let’s all thank our team captains, our very own Parish Nurses, Polly,  Cherrie, and Lyn, for the extra effort they are putting forth to track & record our mileage and for providing our free blood pressure checks to measure
our health improvements.  They’ve succeeded in making our Journey to Jerusalem a group effort with an excellent participation level while bettering our bodies, minds, and spirits in preparation for Easter during this season of Lent, in honor of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

<![CDATA[Potluck in Paris!]]>Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:21:16 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/potluck-in-parisWe reached Paris, France this Sunday and celebrated with our Healthy Training Table Potluck Dinner!  We're on our way to Rome, Italy next week!  Don't forget to pick up your passport stickers next Sunday as we continue our journey to Jerusalem.]]><![CDATA[Way to go Walkers!]]>Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:18:47 GMThttp://crossroads-umc.com/journey-to-jerusalem/way-to-go-walkersWe made it 924 miles this past week!  We toured several sites around England, including several historical locations that were associated with John and Charles Wesley, Thomas Coke, and Francis Asbury.  Please see the Weekly Walker for more info.  This week we are headed toward Paris, France.

Don't forget that next week is our Healthy Potluck Dinner!